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Post Traumatic Impact of Deadly Earthquake on NZ Children

Posted by feww on August 29, 2017

Submitted by a reader

Four in five Christchurch schoolchildren exhibit PTSD symptoms — Study

The development of children’s nervous systems was disrupted with each aftershock, sending them in a state of “hyperarousal.”

“As many as four in five Christchurch primary schoolers are exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a local study has found.

“Children who started school in the years after the Canterbury earthquakes were “neurologically different” – and a city-wide focus on resilience has only deepened the crisis, researchers Kathleen Liberty and Maureen Allan found.

“The 300 children in the study were five times more likely to exhibit symptoms of PTSD than other Kiwi children. Eighty per cent had at least one symptom and a third exhibited at least six of 12 symptoms. About a third had eight or more behavioural problems.”

Fear Factor

The children were found to be “neurologically different”: Old, punitive methods of controlling their behaviour only increased their fear, said Kathleen Liberty.

“One of the things we see in Canterbury is this idea of resilience; there was this myth that children would bounce back from harm.” Read more…


Deadly Earthquake Killed 185, Devastated NZ’s Second largest City

A deadly earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3 occurred in Christchurch on February 21, 2011 at 23:51 UTC. It  caused widespread destruction across Christchurch, killing at least 185 people, and injuring thousands of others [despite early warnings issued by this blog.]

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Mass Evacuation Underway in New Zealand amid Major Seismic, Tsunami Threats

Posted by feww on November 14, 2016

Sent by blog contributors

Thousands of people evacuated amid powerful aftershocks, threat of tsunamis, dam collapsing on the Clarence River

Large Earthquake, measuring 7.8Mw, has killed at least 2 people in New Zealand and caused extensive damage to private and public property, destroying roads and other infrastructure, according to the government and local news.

  • Significant aftershocks, measuring up to 6.5Mw, have struck eastern and central New Zealand tonight, leaving thousands of residents and tourists stranded.
    • M6.5 struck about 38km WSW of Kaikoura, New Zealand, at a depth of about 10km at 00:34:22 (UTC) today (2016-11-14).
  •   More than 500 aftershocks have struck the region, since a large 7.8 magnitude quake struck the South Island.
  • Up to a hundred buildings have been damaged in Wellington Central Business District, hundreds of kms from the epicenter.
  • A navy boat is on its way from Auckland to help evacuate thousands of stranded tourists. Authorities are also considering using Air Force aircraft.
  • Tsunami alerts are in place for ALL coastal areas of New Zealand.
  • Tsunami waves of up to 5 meters are expected.
  • FIRE-EARTH Forecast is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: EQNZ – M7.8, Tsunami Warnings

Posted by feww on November 13, 2016

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CJ Members

Powerful Earthquake Strikes NNE of Christchurch, NZ

Magnitude: 7.8Mw

Location: 42.757°S, 173.077°E
Depth: 23.0km
Time: 2016-11-13 11:02:56UTC

  • 93.5 km (58.1 mi) NNE Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 53km NNE of Amberley, New Zealand [USGS]

Tsunami Threat: Tsunami warnings have been issued for many New Zealand coastal areas.

Estimated Economic Losses: Up to US$1 billion, probability of 34%

Significant Aftershocks:

26km W of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:37:45 (UTC)

51km N of Amberley, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:25:55 (UTC)
9.6 km

23km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:20:44 (UTC)
10.5 km

46km SSW of Brooklyn, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:04:15 (UTC)
13.7 km

17km N of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 11:52:43 (UTC)
10.0 km

32km SSE of Blenheim, New Zealand
2016-11-13 11:41:49 (UTC)
10.0 km

28km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 11:32:07 (UTC)
10.0 km

“The initial earthquake was felt widely throughout New Zealand. Currently, there are more than 15,000 Felt reports.There have already been many aftershocks recorded, the largest has a magnitude of 6.2.”

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Significant Earthquakes Strike Reykjanes Ridge, Tibet, New Zealand

Posted by feww on May 11, 2016

M5.0 quake strikes Bight Fracture Zone, Reykjanes Ridge

EQ Details
Magnitude 5.0 [USGS/EHP]
Location: 57.627°N 32.866°W
Time: 2016-05-10 17:21:02UTC
Depth: 23.6km

  • 765.0 km (475.3 mi) ESE of Nanortalik, Greenland
  • 935.0 km (581.0 mi) SW of Reykjavik, Iceland

M5.5 quake strike  NW of Gyamotang, China (TAR)

Magnitude: 5.5Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 32.038°N 94.987°E
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-11 01:15:47UTC

  • 70.0 km (43.5 mi) NW of Gyamotang, China
  • 233.0 km (144.8 mi) WNW of Qamdo, China
  • 429.0 km (266.6 mi) N of Along, India
  • 723.0 km (449.3 mi) NE of Thimphu, Bhutan

‘Strong’ earthquake strikes 10km SE of Christchurch

Magnitude: 4.7 [geonet]
Location: 43.59°S, 172.70°E  (10km southeast of Christchurch)
Depth: 7km
Universal Time: May 11 2016, 8:45:53

NZ Volcano Alerts
Volcano, Alert Level, Aviation Color Code
Ruapehu, 2, YELLOW
White Island, 1, YELLOW

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Significant Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma and Christchurch, NZ

Posted by feww on February 14, 2016

M 5.1 quake rattles Fairview, OK

Centered at 36.490°N, 98.741°W, about 33km (21mi) NW of Fairview, the induced event occurred at a [signature] depth of 7.7 km, USGS/EHP reported.

At least 14 aftershocks/related events have occurred in the region, as of posting.

The quake was third largest recorded shock to strike Oklahoma.

At least 941 earthquakes measuring magnitude 3.0Mw or greater have struck the State of Oklahoma and border area with Kansas over the past 365 days, according to USGS/EHP archive.

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EQ location map shows 941 earthquakes measuring magnitude 3.0Mw or greater in the State of Oklahoma and border area with Kansas over the past 365 days:  USGS/EHP archive.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.1Mw
Location: 36.490°N, 98.741°W; depth=7.7km
Time: 2016-02-13 17:07:05 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 33km (21mi) NW of Fairview, Oklahoma
  • 58km (36mi) E of Woodward, Oklahoma
  • 78km (48mi) W of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 107km (66mi) N of Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 158km (98mi) NW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

M5.8 quake strikes 17km ENE of Christchurch, NZ

The shock was reportedly felt as far north as Wellington, NZ capital, and caused a cliff to collapse in Sumner, a coastal seaside suburb of Christchurch.

Estimated Economic Losses 

Impact: ORANGE PAGER. USGS/EHP model indicates that significant economic losses may have occurred as a result of this earthquake [probability of 36 percent.]

EQ Details [USGS/EHP ]
Magnitude: 5.8Mw
Location: 43.503°S, 172.843°E; depth=8.2 km (5.1 mi)
Time: 2016-02-14 00:13:43 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 17km (11mi) ENE of Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 21km (13mi) SE of Kaiapoi, New Zealand
  • 162km (101mi) NE of Timaru, New Zealand
  • 229km (142mi) NE of Oamaru, New Zealand
  • 293km (182mi) SSW of Wellington, New Zealand

EQ Details according to local monitors

Public ID: 2016p118944
Intensity: severe
Universal Time: February 14 2016, 0:13:43
NZ Daylight Time: Sun, Feb 14 2016, 1:13:43 pm
Depth: 15km
Magnitude: 5.7
Location: 15km east of Christchurch
Latitude, Longitude -43.50, 172.83

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M5.6 Quake Strikes South Island, NZ

Posted by feww on January 6, 2015

SCENARIOS 700, [500,] 08, 07, 02

Strong earthquake strikes 124km WNW of Christchurch, New Zealand

Centered at 43.071°S, 171.230°E the quake struck at a depth of 9.1km (5.7mi), said USGS/EHP.

At least one significant aftershock, measuring 4.2Mw was recorded, as of posting.

EQ Details
Event Time: 2015-01-05 17:48:42 UTC
Location: 43.071°S 171.230°E depth=9.1km (5.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 44km (27mi) SSE of Hokitika, New Zealand
  • 124km (77mi) WNW of Christchurch
  • 353km (219mi) SW of Wellington

Other earthquakes in NZ Region today include

  • M5.3 – 206km NNW of Auckland Island, New Zealand
    Location: 49.108°S 164.701°E
    Depth: 27.0km
  • M4.8 – 214km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    Location: 33.349°S 179.184°W
    Depth: 23.3km


NZ’s geonet reported the quake intensity as “severe” with the following details:

  • Magnitude: 6.0
  • Depth: 5km
  • Date/Time: January 5, 2015 @ 17:48:41UTC
  • Location:  -43.06°S , 171.25°E; 30 km West of Arthur’s Pass

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Deadly Earthquake Followed by Severe Deluge

Posted by feww on March 5, 2014


“One-in-100-year” storm inundates Christchurch, New Zealand

Hundreds of homes have been flooded in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a storm “quickly escalated” battering the city with hurricane-force blasts and extreme rains.

Residents have been warned of health risks from contaminated floodwaters that have inundated homes, businesses and streets, while the storm was graded as a one-in-100-year event, said the city mayor.

“This was a significant, escalating event that moved very quickly from a one-in-five-year event to a one-in-100-year event,” she said.

“The weather forecasts did not predict an event of this gravity.” [The weather forecasters were caught by surprise. Editor]

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Christchurch Flooding. Credit: Kirk-Anderson/The Press/Fairfax NZ. More images…

Severe Storm Hits NZ Capital, Wellington

Wellington’s south coast was pounded by near-hurricane force winds and massive waves Tuesday evening.

A resident of Island Bay described  the assault of high tide mixed with strong wind last night as being like ”a bomb” going off.

“By about 10pm, debris, logs, and a large chunk of concrete were strewn across the road, which was also badly hit in the June storm.”

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Disaster Declared in 94 Counties across 4 States

Posted by feww on July 3, 2012

Extreme Weather Events Cause Agricultural Disasters in  Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin

Damage and losses caused by the combined effects of blizzards, excessive snow, excessive heat, excessive rain, high winds, hail, freeze, frost, tornadoes, flooding and lightening that occurred between January 1 and May 11, 2012 prompted USDA to declare disaster in 94 counties across 4 states.

List of the 72 Michigan counties declared Primary Disaster Areas

List of 10 Michigan counties declared Contiguous Disaster Areas

The following 12 counties in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin have also been designated as disaster areas because they are contiguous.

  • Indiana: Elkhart, Lagrange, La Porte, St. Joseph and Steuben counties.
  • Ohio: Fulton, Lucas and Williams counties.
  • Wisconsin: Florence, Forest, Marinette and Vilas counties.

March Heat, April Freezes

According to a report by the Central Region Climate Response Team, March Heat, April Freezes, March 2012 “was the warmest March on record for 25 states east of the Rockies, and for 15 other states this March ranked among the ten warmest.”

“During the middle of March maximum temperatures were averaging 40 degrees F above normal. Maximum temperatures regularly reached the low and mid 80s
well north into Wisconsin. Many locations broke daily records by more than 20 degrees F.”

However, April 2012 experienced “at least three significant cold air masses” that crept into the Midwest and caused freezing temperatures.

  • Iowa. The freeze caused a 50% destruction of the grape crop, about 90% damage to the apple and fruit tree blossoms and caused significant damage to corn and other crops.
  • Illinois. The 2012 apple crop in parts of the state was a total loss due to freeze on April 11.
    • “Sweet corn grower in Vermilion County planted sweet corn on March 19. Plants were up a couple of leaves when back‐to‐back freezes hit (26F and 27F), reducing stand by 5,000 plants per acre.
    • “Sleepy Creek Vineyard in Vermilion County reported earliest budding grapevines had 100 percent damage, and others had 80 percent damage.”
  • Michigan. “Thousands of acres of this year’s grape crop have been lost across southwest lower Michigan.
    • “A surveyor for National Grape Cooperative, better known as Welch’s Foods, said he went through hundreds of acres before even finding a live bud.  John Jasper estimates more than 10,000 acres were destroyed April 12, mostly in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties.
    • “Many apple, peach, cherry and blueberry orchards have also had substantial losses across northern Indiana and southern Lower Michigan.”
  • Wisconsin.  “Cherry growers in Door County, WI, anticipate losses of 70% …”
  • Kentucky.  Frost damaged apples, peaches, pears, plums, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and grapes to varying degrees across the state.
    • “Wheat harvest began two weeks early in Kentucky due to warm weather, but warm temperatures, and then a brief cold snap, have wreaked havoc on the crop’s yield, which some farmers say has been cut nearly in half. Some farmers are getting 12 bu/acre, compared to a normal of 80 bu/acre,” said the report (PDF file).

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

Up-to-date weekly average CO2 at Mauna Loa

  • Week of June 24, 2012:     395.33 ppm
  • Weekly value from 1 year ago:     393.50 ppm
  • Weekly value from 10 years ago:     375.08 ppm

Recent Mauna Loa CO2

  • May 2012:     396.78 ppm
  • May 2011:     394.16 ppm
  • May 2002:    375.65 ppm
  • May 1962:     321.01 ppm
  • [1-year increase: 2.62 ppm; 10-year increase: 21.13 ppm; 50-year increase: 75.77 ppm]

Recent Global CO2

  • April 2012:     394.01 ppm (1-year increase: 2.18 ppm)
  • April 2011:     391.83 ppm

New Zealand Earthquake

  • A Richter magnitude 7.0 quake struck the Cook Strait, west coast of North Island, NZ, about 100km SSW of New Plymouth and 170 km north-west of Wellington (40.00°S, 173.75°E), at a depth of about 230km on Tuesday, July 3 2012 at 10:36UTC.
    • NO tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
    • NO report of casualties, as of posting.
    • The quake shook Wellington and was felt as far away as the Bay of Plenty and Christchurch, reports said.

U.S. Heat Wave

US Weather Hazards Map, July 3, 2012. “The heat wave continues for a large portion of the central and eastern U.S., with high temperatures this afternoon forecast to be 10-15 degrees above normal. Combined with high levels of humidity, this will create dangerous heat index values as high as 100-110 degrees for locations such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis,” said NWS.

The core of the record heat in the central United States is forecast to move gradually to the east this week, however heat alerts and heat indices to 105 degrees will continue. “Much of the eastern half of the country will continue to bake under clear skies, high temperatures and a lack of significant rain,” said NOAA forecasters.

Continued relentless heat through most of the week from the Plains to the Atlantic Coast will dominate the weather events.

Current Warnings Prompted by Unrelenting Heat

Red Flag Warnings, Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories issued in parts of 26 states from Wyoming to North Carolina.

Heat Advisories

Heat Advisories are in effect until this evening for parts of the Northern Plains, Ohio Valley and the Southeast:

  • North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.

Record Daily High Temperatures Nationwide – June 2012

All Time Record High Temperatures Nationwide – June 2012

Mid-Atlantic Derecho

  • Death toll has climbed to 22 after the weekend derecho that ravaged the Mid-Atlantic region, with at least 2 million utility customers, or an estimated 7 million people, experiencing power outages amid the continued heat.

Drought Emergency

  • Nebraska.  Gov. Heineman has declared a state emergency due to the drought conditions throughout the state of Nebraska.
    • “This declaration is important for continued efforts of state officials to ensure the safety of Nebraskans,” Heineman said. “This action is necessary as dry conditions are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond to drought conditions. Additionally, actions such as haying along the roadsides in Nebraska help with drought conditions.”
    • Nebraska has broken or tied scores of record high temperatures in recent days.
    • Extreme temperatures will continue over central and western Nebraska through at least Friday due to high pressure lingering over the Central Plains, NWS reported.
    • “As excessive heat and dry conditions continue, fire danger is high again today. In addition, isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening in north central Nebraska and in the Panhandle. The very dry conditions will continue to make the use of fireworks and even power equipment hazardous.”

Map of U.S. Precipitation (7-day total)

Map of U.S. Precipitation as Percent of Normal (7-day total)

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Death from serious birth defects!

Posted by feww on July 18, 2008

Young People: Causes of Deaths [in New Zealand]

Young people in the 10 to 14-year age group were more likely to die of cancer and a range of diseases which afflict various sites and systems of the body (nervous system, sense organs and endocrine system). In 1994, 62.7 percent of deaths of 10 to 14-year-olds were the result of chronic illnesses or diseases, while 77.9 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds died from external causes, particularly due to accidents, suicide and self-inflicted injury, and non-motor vehicle accidents.

(Source: Statistics New Zealand: Young people: causes of deaths, URL:; accessed 27 March 2008 ).

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Why do New Zealand children suffer serious birth defects?

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